Boston Red Sox defeat Detroit Tigers, 11-3

David Ortiz enjoyed a slump-breaking afternoon with three hits yesterday, including his 33d home run, and three RBIs, which drew him even with Manny Ramirez for the American League lead with 115.

But Ortiz, who had entered the game with just six hits in his previous 38 at-bats, said his recent lack of production had less to do with his swing than with the way he is being pitched and his approach at the plate.

''The pitchers, they don't want to make mistakes with you," h...

You come into the game in the ninth with an eight-run lead and set down the side in order, like newly arrived Red Sox rookie Abe Alvarez did yesterday afternoon in the Fens, you expect to be taken for granted. But had the sellout crowd of 34,658 known that yesterday would be the second time in the last 21 games that the Sox bullpen did not give up a run -- don't choke on your granola, you read that right -- the fans might have been on their feet, wildly cheering at the end...